Crape Myrtle Trees
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Mistakes Planting Crepe Myrtles

Anonymous added on May 17, 2011 | Answered

We pruned our crepe myrtles way too far down. Now we have two problems. One, part of the branches are not growing at all, and the other is that we are getting sprouts off new growth from the roots of the existing trees. If we transplant some of these smaller growths, will they thrive? What can we do about the bigger limbs of the tree that are not thriving?

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Nikki
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Answered on May 18, 2011

It sounds like you unintentionally pollarded the tree. The branch stumps will eventually sprout new branches, though the tree may look funny for a bit.

The suckers can be transplanted and have a good chance of surviving. You need to make sure that they have some roots of their won when you move them.

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